We’re coming up on the spookiest week of the year, but it turns out some people are easier to scare than others. A recent study found that scary stories just don’t work on some of us . . . and it has to do with something called MIND BLINDNESS.
The clinical term is aphantasia. (ay-fan-TAY-zee-uh) It’s when someone can’t really picture things in their head. So telling them a scary story and setting the scene just doesn’t work that well. Up to 1 in 20 people have it.
Researchers recently told people scary stories . . . half had “mind blindness,” and half didn’t. And they basically proved it’s true. The scary stories didn’t work on them, but scary IMAGES did. So it wasn’t because they had a higher scare threshold in general. The stories just didn’t paint a picture.